Active adult communities across the country offer a variety of amenities, homes, activities, and environments that cater to the 55+ crowd. But some go the extra mile to provide retirees with lavish clubhouses with a country-club vibe and luxurious lifestyle. Although everyone has their own definition of what luxury means to them, here at 55places.com, we traveled to all of these luxurious 55+ communities and toured the facilities, viewed the homes, and witnessed active adult living at its finest. This year’s list of luxurious active adult communities, listed in no particular order, represent some very impressive 55+ communities.
Luxury, of course, comes at a price. This list was determined by the average price of homes sold in each community through 55places.com's Partner Agent program and does not represent all homes sold in a particular community. Many of these age-restricted communities offer elegant clubhouses and amenity centers, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, multiple sports courts, championship golf courses, unique floor plans, vibrant atmospheres, and plenty of outdoor recreational areas that provide a luxurious setting. So if you’re dreaming of living in the lap of luxury during retirement then check out these lavish communities and, just maybe, you'll find your perfect community and turn your dream into reality.
K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at The Promenade is a superb 55+ community within Somerset County, New Jersey that provides retirees with an intimate, small-town charm amidst world-class amenities. The 7,300 square-foot clubhouse has all of the amenities residents need for an active and vibrant lifestyle. They can work out in the fitness center, swim in the indoor or outdoor pool, gather with friends in the lounge or card room, play a few games of bocce ball, or enjoy a scenic stroll along the community’s walking and biking trails. With a welcoming atmosphere and a long list of recreational activities inside and out, neighbors quickly become lifelong friends. Home buyers can also find resale attached or single-family homes that were designed for active adults with open layouts, first-floor master suites, vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchens, and ample storage areas.
Ideally situated in beautiful Southern California, Gavilan is a luxurious 55+ neighborhood within the Rancho Mission Viejo master-planned community. Active adults living within this lavish, gated development enjoy numerous amenities spread throughout the complex. Not only do residents have a private 9,200 square-foot clubhouse where they can socialize with other like-minded adults, but they also have access to the master-planned amenities where they can interact with different neighbors any day of the week. Gavilan will also feature new clubhouses such as The Hilltop Club, The Pavilion, and Canyon House, where homeowners will find additional recreational facilities to incorporate into their active and social lifestyles.
This active lifestyle community offers the perfect combination of elegant home designs and resort-style amenities within a coastal setting in Southwest Florida. Builder Minto offers innovative home designs with stunning water or nature views. The Isles Club is the community’s luxurious clubhouse with plenty of indoor and outdoor social spaces such as the Overlook Bar & Grill, outdoor pools, cabanas, tennis and bocce ball courts, and an event lawn. The walking and biking trails as well as the boathouse and kayak launch also provide opportunities for residents to spend their days enjoying the scenic trails that weave through the area’s natural habitat.
Offering homeowners an award-winning 31,000 square-foot clubhouse, full-service spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, learning center, and two acclaimed golf courses, Trilogy at Monarch Dunes is a luxurious destination for active adults. In addition to these marvelous resort-style amenities, homebuyers can choose from a vast collection of new and resale floor plans, designed by premier builder Shea Homes, that come in attached or single-family styles. Trilogy’s prime location in Nipomo, CA also ensures that residents will be close to great cultural attractions, outdoor recreation, wineries, riding stables, and scenic beaches.
This gated age-restricted community in Mission Viejo, California, offers a rich assortment of amenities and activities that attract retirees from across the country. Residents enjoy multiple clubhouses brimming with indoor and outdoor amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, hobby and game rooms, an 18-hole putting course, sports courts, resort-style pools, a boat launch, beaches, and picnic areas. Palmia offers a wide selection of clubs and events that include aerobics, garden club, singles group, and tennis group, just to name a few of the offerings in this vibrant 55+ community.
Located within the master-planned community of The Pinehills, this 55+ neighborhood offers elegant single-family home designs, some of which can be built as attached homes. Homeowners love these low-maintenance residences because of their spacious living areas, rear decks, first-floor master suites, and hardwood flooring. In addition to quality-built homes, residents have a private clubhouse where they can mingle around the billiards or card tables or work out in the fitness center or outdoor pool. The Stonebridge Club is a second amenity center that’s available to all residents within The Pinehills and features a clubhouse cabana, outdoor pool, and multi-purpose room. Seton Highlands is also close to the beautiful Cape Cod Bay, just 45 miles from Boston for big-city entertainment and attractions.
This lush 1,200-acre active adult community in Northern California has all of the homes, amenities, and social activities that Baby Boomers seek during retirement. The Villages Golf & Country Club features four clubhouses, an onsite restaurant, championship golf course, equestrian facilities, sports courts, over 100 social clubs, 500 acres of open space, and scenic lakes with two-and-a-half miles of shoreline. Homebuyers can also choose from a vast collection of resale homes that come as condos, attached villas, or single-family homes.
This intimate, lakefront active adult community provides beautiful homes and scenic water views. With just 284 single-family homes, residents enjoy a tranquil and friendly setting. An inviting clubhouse is the central hub of physical recreation and social activity, offering plenty of indoor and outdoor amenities that keep homeowners active, social, and healthy. Heritage Lakeside is nestled around a charming fishing lake with a dock, boat launch, and is flanked by miles of walking and biking trails that make it easy to explore the peaceful outdoor environment. Residents can also build lifelong friendships with other like-minded adults in this welcoming setting. They attend fun events like movie night, coffee socials, and dinners.
Developed by Ryan Homes, Ocean Hills Country Club is a unique active adult community located in a prime, Southern California location. Just four miles away, residents have access to the Pacific Ocean and, within the community, homeowners have delightful views and premier outdoor recreational activities. This established 55+ development offers a 27,000 square-foot clubhouse, 18-hole golf course, outdoor pool, and numerous sports courts spread across its lush 350 acres. Retirees will also love the community’s dog park, which is the perfect place to spend time with their four-legged friend. The social atmosphere within Ocean Hills is unlike any other. It has more than a dozen clubs, activities, and events that allow homeowners to mingle, explore their creative side, or pick up new hobbies with other like-minded adults.
Valencia Bay is a luxurious age-restricted community in beautiful Palm Beach County, Florida. Valencia Bay will feature an eight-acre waterfront recreation complex that will consist of a 33,000 square-foot clubhouse, massage rooms, card rooms, pro shop, indoor/outdoor café, yoga and exercise room, outdoor pools, Har-Tru tennis courts, basketball court, and beautiful walking and biking trails. With just 582 homes upon completion, homebuyers can choose from three elegant design collections offered by GL Homes. These floor plans include luxurious features like gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, spacious layouts, and low-maintenance exteriors.